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FAA Shutdown Continues as Politicians Play Games

by Jon Melegrito  |  August 03, 2011

With House members already off for their summer vacation and senators still unable to resolve funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), thousands of FAA employees will remain furloughed, and tens of thousands more workers will lose their jobs unless authorization of aviation programs is extended. Even some FAA workers who haven’t been furloughed have been asked to continue working – at their own expense.

Meanwhile, the shutdown – which costs $30 million a day and could exceed $1.2 billion – is much higher than the funding request of $200 million.

This does not make sense!

Meanwhile, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) has criticized her own party’s intransigence in delaying FAA funding over unrelated policy disputes.

“It’s not honorable for the House to send an extraneous amendment on a funding extension,” she said. “We should not shut down the FAA because of a rider put on the extension of the FAA legislation that has not been negotiated.”

AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee has said that “FAA employees should not have their livelihoods jeopardized because a few politicians want to play political games. It’s time for Congress to break the impasse, stop scapegoating workers and pass a long-term bill that does not take away the rights of working men and women.”

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